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Saturday, November 30, 2019

Authority in Christ

Jesus left to every believer His full authority - all the time and in every situation. His words in John 14:12, “he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do”, or any other scripture on utilizing His authority, doesn’t ever mention anything about any ‘special’ circumstance where additional authority needs to be endorsed or endowed. As an all-in believer, you carry with you the full authority, bestowed on you and in you by Christ, 24/7/365. Accepting that you have Christ’s full authority is all one needs in order to act. Stop waiting for ’the Spirit to move you’ and pray for the sick, claiming victory in Jesus’ name. Pray for the unsaved, your job, your marriage, your dog!...whatever, claiming victory in the name of Jesus - and as it states in Mark 11:24 “all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.” Accept it, or not...the choice, as always, is yours.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Stay in your Own Lane

Overstepping one’s calling and purpose assigned by God can cause strife, division, and discord – and based on its motivation, can lead to self-destruction. Numbers 16:1-18 tells the story of Korach, a Levite, and his followers who rose up against Moses. Acting out of envy and jealousy, Korach and his followers weren’t happy with the position that God had chosen for them, being in charge of the tabernacle, its structure and Holy vessels, a very important function in and of itself. You see, all that the Levites did was in support of and service to the Aaronic priests, who God gave the duty and honor of approaching the Holy alter to perform sacrifices. The High Priest could even enter into the Holy of Holies, where the ark of the covenant stood, a status that would certainly drive wicked hearts to envy. This is exactly what happened with Korach and his many followers, including Datan and Aviram, who were from the tribe of Reuben. They challenged the authority that God had given to Moses, accusing him of self-appointed glory seeking (Num 16:3), when in fact it was they who were guilty of what they were accusing Moses of. In doing so, they challenged God Himself. Moses never sought leadership but was chosen by God to lead. Korach was inflamed with jealousy and his selfish ambition created division and ‘sowed discord among the brethren’, one of the seven things that God hates (Pro 6:16,19) making himself an abomination to God. His punishment? death for him and every one of his followers by an earthquake swallowing them up or by their fire pans burning them alive. The word of God warns against self-aggrandizing ambition - “For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.” (James 3:16) and God will always have the last word.
Envy and selfish ambition cause all kinds of trouble in our personal lives, not only at home or at work, but also in congregations and fellowships as those who are neither qualified nor anointed vie for positions God never intended them to occupy. The current state of the church is a disaster and the reason why is that the church is full of people in leadership positions that God neither called, anointed or intended to be in such positions. But He, as always, will have the last word in the matter. I wear a gel bracelet on my wrist that says ‘Man of God’ and quotes Isaiah 40:31 “Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.” In the years since it was given to me by a pastor in Miami, after preaching in his church, it has come to have great prophetic meaning for me personally, for I have come to understand its meaning well: Be content with where you are and what I have given you at this time – and wait patiently for me. There *may* come a time for a different role in ministry for me – and there may not. For now, I’m am content with what the Lord has given me and wait at the ready in case He calls for further action. I guess the moral of this story is to stay in your own lane, content with what you know the Lord has called you for and no more - but be ready in season and out of season for an instant change. Be a minuteman for God.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Three Days and Three Nights

To understand that Jesus didn't die on a Friday, as religious teachings hold, you must have a very basic understanding of Jewish time and holy days.

Jewish days run sunset to sunset. Thursday actually begins at sunset Wednesday and this pattern repeats itself.  After sunset on Wednesday evening, of the week Jesus was crucified, Christ chose to serve His disciples a 'Pesach', or the 'day of preparation for Passover' ritual meal that we’ve come to call the Last Supper.  Later that night, Jesus was arrested and tried in two courts, lasting through the night.  He was summarily crucified at 9AM on Thursday and died at 3PM - at the exact time of day that the slaughter of Passover lambs was happening throughout the land. He was buried and entombed on that same Thursday..  After sundown, and the beginning of Friday, while  He laid in the tomb, observant Jews ate the Passover in the comfort of their homes. This initiated back-to-back Sabbaths, and no work was permitted.  The first Sabbath was on Friday, the first day of unleavened bread, or Passover. On a side note, the Jewish priests actually defied this day’s prohibition against 'Gentile contamination' by meeting with Pilate to ensure Jesus’ tomb was guarded so that no one could steal His body, therefore ensuring that His followers couldn't claim that He had risen, as promised. The following day, Saturday was the regular, weekly Sabbath. Sunday began at sundown Saturday night, after which Jesus was resurrected Sunday morning.  Using the Jewish custom of counting days - sunset-to-sunset - and understanding the timing of weekly Sabbaths and the addition of the special holy day Sabbath that took place that year, is the only way to derive that Christ fulfilled the prophesied three days & nights in the grave. He died on Thursday, not the traditional Friday, and rose on Sunday. Hallelujah and Amen!!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The Name of Jesus – Controversy or Proper Translation?

There’s a lot of nonsense going around today regarding the name of Jesus. Some even say that the name Jesus is pagan, in an odd reference to the Greek god, Zeus, of all things. Others say that you must pronounce His name correctly or He won’t even hear your prayers. I say HOOEY on all counts!
The confusion comes in because a lot of Christians, including pastors or teachers, are like parrots – and lazy parrots at that - they hear something or read something and go off half-cocked, repeating it as if it’s Gospel, without ever consulting scripture or doing any research of their own to prove or disprove what they end up propagating as truth.
Begin at the Beguine (or in this case, the earliest writings in Hebrew and Greek)
Let’s start with the basics. Jesus’ given name was actually Joshua. The Hebrew pronunciation of the name Joshua is ‘Yeh-HO-shu-wah’. It’s not a far leap from ‘Yeh-HO-shu-wah’ to Yeshua or Jesus…but how we got there is a very interesting study - and a very simple matter of linguistics. A perfect example of what I’m speaking of is my ex-wife, who was born and raised in Peru and spoke only Spanish throughout our entire 13-year marriage - which is also why I’m fluent in Spanish 😉 Hearing her trying to pronounce my last name, Williams, was something else. You see, there is no real use of ‘W’ in Spanish or its root, Latin. Because of this, she had an impossible time pronouncing her own last name once we were married. I literally spent hours trying to teach her to form the ‘wuh’ sound, for ‘W’ and no matter how hard she tried, it was so foreign to her, she never did get it right. The same is true in many languages. Arabic, for example, has no ‘P’, or even a ‘P’ sound in the language. If you order a Pepsi in an Arabic-speaking country, you’re going to get a ‘Bebsi’ instead. The same was true when converting the root words from other languages to form the English language. Most English words are bastardizations or abbreviated versions of the original root language they came from. We even invented the contraction to save time and effort, so instead of saying “I have”, we omitted the H and A and shortened it to “I’ve”. To someone who’s never seen a contraction, this just doesn’t make any sense at all, which is why the contraction is something that foreign language speakers have a difficult time with in learning English. These exact same issues came about when transliterating original Hebrew texts to Greek and then to English.
Transliterating Hebrew to Greek
The first step in arriving at the English was converting scriptural Hebrew, first to Greek, which was common all over the Middle East, and then to English so that King James (and the rest of us) could have a Bible. In Greek, there is no ‘H’, or an equivalent sound-like letter found in the middle of a word in Greek. This automatically eliminated the ‘HO’ in ‘Yeh-HO-shu-wah’, in pronouncing the name Joshua. The second issue is that there is no ‘sh’ sound in Greek at all. The closest that Greek can come is the letter Sigma, which is equivalent to the English ‘s’. The final obstacle that early transliterates had was the guttural ‘uh’ sound, as in the ending of ‘Yeh-HO-shu-wah’. This also doesn’t exist in Greek. By process of elimination, quite literally, the only choice they had was to reduce or shorten ‘Yeh-HO-shu-wah’ to ‘Ye-sus’, pronounced ‘Yay-sus’, with the ‘sus’ sounding the same as the Seuss in Dr. Seuss. Now stop for a minute to remember that we are simply transliterating the actual given name of Jesus, Joshua (Yeh-HO-shu-wah), to Greek.
This transliteration goes much further back than translating the NT to Greek. In fact, it goes back as far as the Septuagint, some 280 years before the birth of Christ! These are transliterations, not translations. Transliteration is the ‘literal’ writing of the name Joshua using the Greek alphabet. Now think about how many times the name Joshua appears in scripture in the OT! It may come as a great shock for you to learn that every single instance of the 644 times the name Joshua (again pronounced Yeh-HO-shu-wah) appears in the Hebrew text, it is transliterated to Greek as ‘Yesus’. This isn’t something that just started with transliterating the New Testament, but had been going on for hundreds of years before.
Adding Aramaic to the Mix
Aramaic was the common, everyday language among many Jews, especially those in the Galilee area, including Jesus and His disciples. In Aramaic, Joshua is ‘Eashoa’ (translated to English) and pronounced ‘E-sho’, with the vowel sounds being long. This name appears in the original text of Zechariah 3:3, and many others, for the name ‘Joshua’, and this is also how the close friends of Jesus would have addressed Him, ‘E-sho’. Yeshua is actually a blend of the Aramaic and an abbreviated Hebrew form of ‘Yeh-HO-shu-wah’, again dropping the ‘Ho’ syllable, ‘Yeh-shu-wah’ and didn't enter the scene until after the second temple period.
Reference to this Aramaic dialect/accent is noted twice in scripture. First in Matthew 26:73, the denial of Jesus by Peter, when bystanders noted that Peter’s accent was the same as Jesus. In the Mark and Luke versions, this accent was clearly noted as being Galilean (see Mark 14:70). The second mention comes in Acts 2:7, when, at Pentecost, Jesus’ followers were identified as Galileans only by their Aramaic accent.
The Name of Jesus
So, how did we get from the Greek pronunciation of ‘Yay-sus’ to Jesus, you ask? Centuries ago it was very common to pronounce Y’s as J’s. In fact, the two were interchangeable. Sometimes the ‘J’ sound would actually be written with a ‘Y’ and visa-versa. Even today, Latinos, for example, will pronounce ‘Yes’ as ‘Jes’. By the time the 47 King James’ scholars got to translating the Greek text of ‘Yay-sus’, it became what we know today as ‘Jesus’. This is ALL there is to it. The name “Jesus” is the result of linguistics and time – and nothing more.
Please do not let these supposedly learned people lead you astray with all this hoopla over the name of Jesus. It is exactly as it was translated to Greek (and consequently English) for well over 2,300 years. And if that’s not enough, simply remember that God’s word tells us explicitly that He hears all prayers of the righteous (even if they don’t know His name), but is far, far from these wicked pinheads (Proverbs 15:29).
Joshua, or Ye-HO-shu-wah, literally means ‘Yehovah saves'.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Enhanced Easter Discussions (Jim Croft)

John’s Gospel challenges common assertions that Jesus’ Last Supper with His apostles was one & the same as the Passover meal of that particular year. It was not. To understand the discrepancies, one must compare the 3 accounts in the other Gospels to that of Jn 13:1-5. The text clearly states that the Last Supper took place prior to Passover. In actuality, the Passover lambs had not yet been slaughtered by the heads of households. Nationwide, the Commemorative Exodus meal had not yet been roasted. 
The confusion comes from the wording in the other accounts where the Lord sent His men to secure a room for Passover. It’s logical for non-Jews to assume that He meant a place for them to eat the official Passover meal. There are reasons that this was not the case. First. One cant eat of a lamb that has not yet been slain. That did not happen until twilight of the Day of Preparation as the sun began to set leading into the eve beginning of the first day of Passover. Thirdly, it’s helpful to view Passover as a yearly season much like our holiday seasons. Friends & business associates are invited to preliminary festivities of the same name that are not on the exact holiday such as Christmas & Thanksgiving. All the while, the actual holiday meal can be reserved for family celebrations. Thus it was specifically with Passover meals that were consumed in private homes in the context of family. The Last Supper was a special meal that Christ planned for the opening evening that began the Day of Preparation. Normally speaking, this would have liberated His disciples to return home during the day to eat the actual Passover with their personal families. Of course, most did not make it home because of His midnight arrest in the garden, his trials, torture, crucifixion, and burial on that particular Day of Preparation. 

There are some fascinating items to note about that day:

* All leaven was to be removed from houses during the day prior to the setting of the Passover table. There’s high probability that that task had not been completed as early as the evening of the Last Supper. This might indicate that the bread Jesus broke and shared as symbolic of His suffering was leavened bread. If so, this flows with typology. Leaven is symbolic of sin. On the cross Jesus who knew no sin, became satiated with sin for us. Thus the Last Supper’s loaf fully typified the Lord’s impending bodily sacrifice.

* At first the Jewish officials insisted that Pilate converse with them outside of the Praetorium where Jesus was held. They didn’t want to be contaminated by association with Gentiles with the high holy Sabbath of Passover approaching. However, on that Sabbath, they threw caution to the wind. The Pharisees et al were breaking the Sabbath in any event. The wording of the verse (Matthew 27v62) is that they went to Pilate on the day *following* the day of preparation. Jesus had been crucified the afternoon before and the Passover meal would have been eaten that night (ie the night before this event). That day was the first full day (ie daytime/daylight) portion of Nisan 15, so therefore it was the feast of Unleavened Bread and therefore a 'special' sabbath - one of the seven annual sabbaths prescribed by the Lord God in Leviticus 23. They went to see Pilate and begged that a guard be set at Jesus’ tomb to insure that His body was not taken as a claim of His predicted resurrection. The Holy Spirit was cleverly pointing out the end of the Old Covenant as unkeepable, obsolete & ineffective. 

* That Passover & Unleavened Bread season began with 2 back to back Sabbaths. The High Holy Sabbath of the first day of unleavened bread that commenced with eating the Passover meal. And the regular weekly Sabbath. This is the basis for the position that the day following His burial was not a Saturday Sabbath, but rather a Friday Sabbath. Therefore, He was crucified and buried on Thursday. This fits with the 3 days & 3 nights in the tomb which the Friday death assertion never could.

Jesus breathed His last breath at 3PM at the exact time Jews begin the killing of Passover lambs. Christ indeed was our Passover sacrifice.

A Little Leaven (Passover)

"Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses. For whoever eats leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off from Israel." (Exodus 12:15)
With Passover beginning in two weeks, all over Israel and around the world every practicing Jewish man, woman and child will be busy cleaning out closets, shelves, drawers and vehicles in obedience to this commandment from God to rid every trace of leaven from existence. Every nook and cranny must be wiped clean in order to make sure that each dwelling place is free of ‘chametz’ (leavened products) before the Passover begins. All dishes, cutlery, pots and pans and even dishrags used during the feast must be made “Kosher for Passover.” This is a preparatory purification process that is expensive – both in time and money.
Why All the Trouble Over Yeast?
Leaven, or yeast, is used in scripture as a metaphor for sin. Galatians 5:9 (also 1 Corinthians 5:6) tells us that “A little leaven leavens the whole lump.” When we equate yeast, and how it works, to sin, the meaning becomes clear. Those who have baked bread from scratch can easily relate.
Yeast is actually a single-celled, microscopic, fungal organism that absolutely thrives on sugar. There are over 160 known species of yeast, but only one that we use for baking - and one gram of it contains 25 billion of these little sucrose-craving critters. The most common dry yeast comes in a ¼ ounce packet and contains 175 billion! When you make fresh bread you always add sugar to the water that you put your yeast packet into in order to ‘turn it on’. When yeast eats the sugar it basically defecates carbon dioxide and it is this CO2 that causes your dough to rise – to get puffed up. Yeast is so pervasive that if a little dough lump is left on the counter, yeast will attach to the surface of the dough and work its way throughout the entire lump. Such is the way of sin. Sin, like yeast, comes in many forms and can be extremely powerful. The smallest sin doesn’t stay isolated, but, under the right circumstances, grows large enough to affect the whole entity. There’s personal sin, like pride and ‘puffed up’ arrogance, that takes root and can completely destroy its target – remember Proverbs 16:18, “pride comes before the fall.” Or sin can come in the form of giving heed to false teachers, as in the case of Galatians 5, which can devastate a church or an entire denomination. The single doctrinal sin of advocating same-sex marriage has permeated entire denominations, leading millions astray. Sin may start small, as a seemingly microscopic, almost non-existent issue, but it swiftly multiplies and invades with the goal of taking over the entire being it is ‘attached to.’ The thing is, yeast is vulnerable and can be stopped in its tracks. The same is true with sin. Those that have baked know that if the water you add the yeast to is too hot, the yeast will die.
The Refiner’s Fire
Just as Jews will symbolically rid themselves of sin, frantically cleaning their homes and cars of all leaven leading up to Passover, we can literally clean house through pleading the blood of Jesus over our lives. For believers, Jesus is our Passover. Just as the blood of the lamb, on the door frames of the homes of Jews, protected them during the first Passover (Exodus 12), the blood that Jesus shed on the cross is our sacrificial lamb's blood of protection. On the cross, Jesus took on ALL sin and defeated it in one action. Just as the preparatory water being too hot for the yeast to survive, the blood of Jesus is the preparatory refiner’s fire that purifies and protects us against sin’s pervasive ways (Zechariah 13:9; Malachi 3:3, etc) destroying its effects.
This Passover, I encourage you brethren to apply the blood of Jesus like a healing salve to your lives, allowing the refining fire of the Holy Spirit to invade every nook and cranny of your very being and lay waste to leavened strongholds. Blessings

Monday, April 1, 2019

Squishy Diapers

"For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil." ~Hebrews 5:12
As evident by this scripture, the subject of mature versus immature Christians is as old as Christianity itself. The difference between the mature and immature in God encompasses several aspects, but at the core is knowing and understanding God's word. In order to know God's Word, one must study it. God's own Word, Jesus (John 1:1), contains His heart, His love, His will - His very essence. Our love for Jesus was defined by Jesus Himself when He said, "IF you love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15) In order to keep His commandments, one must first know what His commandments are. In order to know what His commandments are, you must actually be a student of His Word (2 Tim 2:15). Being a student of the Word is not the summit of maturity, but the base camp from which you take the first steps toward reaching maturity. Once you have this very basic foundation, you may them begin to *build yourself up* into maturity (Jude 1:20). God took a pass on enlightening the believers of Hebrews 5:12 because they had not laid the basic foundation of His principles.
The six 'basic principles', or foundations of Christianity, referred to in Hebrews 5:12 are found in Hebrews 6:1-3:
"Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of (1) repentance from dead works and of (2) faith toward God, of (3) the doctrine of *baptism(s)*, of (4) laying on of hands, of (5) resurrection of the dead, and of (6) eternal judgment."
You may think you know and have an understanding of these basics, but I encourage you to begin the lifelong journey to maturity - or to unlearn what you think you know and build again. I know of no better teacher or material to get you started than Derek Prince's "Foundations of Christian Living" video series. You'll notice that this is a FREE ten-part, ten-hour video teaching series, based solely on the opening three verses of Hebrews 6. I can hear the baby diapers squishing already - "I don't have the time" - but I guarantee, no matter what your level of maturity, you will be blessed and enlightened as you progress through the series, complete with downloadable study guides. Blessings...

Monday, March 18, 2019

Wool Over The Eyes

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Christians are some of the laziest people I know. They don’t study the word of the God they supposedly serve, even though God says in His word that they are to do so to show themselves approved, don’t yield to and therefore aren’t led by the Holy Spirit of the same God and choose to remain ignorant, not only in regards to His ways, but especially to the ways of the enemy. As a result, they can be influenced more by the ways of the enemy than they are of God. The culmination affect of all of this that they have zero discernment for truth and, as Charles Spurgeon noted, could care less about it, leaving them extraordinarily vulnerable to deception. Quite the conundrum.
For the last 3 years I’ve been conducting a secret survey through posts on Facebook. It didn’t start out that way, but I noticed a pattern developing in response to my posts concerning anything non-Muslim vs anything anti-Muslim. The results are that when anything anti-Muslim is posted, the response is extremely low, registering less than half the number of likes or comments as compared to say, a Christian teaching or even a photo of mine. As messed up as Facebook can be, it does represent a microcosm of how people, especially Americans, and specifically the category of Christian Americans, think and what they believe - and what they think and believe about Islam is very scary. More ignorance and more vulnerability to the ways of the enemy. Islam is not, nor has it ever been, throughout its 1400 year history, a ‘religion of peace’. It isn’t even a religion at all, but a demonic social-political system of dominance and control over its practitioners, fueled by hatred of anything of the one true God. The punchline is that the end goal of all Islam is to rule and control the entire planet by wiping out anyone who isn’t Muslim - and especially Christians and Jews. There is even a Quranic provision, al taqiyya, that instructs Muslims to blatantly lie about their agenda and intentions in order to fulfill this goal. The tally of the slaughtered thus far - 60,000,000. Islam makes Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini and every other mass murdering culture look like amateurs. Islam is so screwed up they can't even agree among themselves. The proof is that more Muslims have been slaughtered by other Muslims than even their sworn enemies. A true system of the antichrist. If you don’t know this, you fall into the category of the completely ignorant and are completely blind to the truth - just as my post survey concludes.
This past week, Jeanine Pirro had the sense to call out Islam and the rep from MN for what they are. The result? Fox took her off the air! I urge all believers to wake up to the absolute evil that is Islam. Listen to this report and if you find anything wrong with it, you’ve already been deceived. God’s Word also states that He will bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse her. America has always been pro-Israel and has been extraordinarily blessed for it, but if the left’s rhetoric continues, aided by demonic political correctness, we are well on our way to the latter.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

On Repentance For The Sins of Others

If you’re like me, you’ve probably been in a prayer meeting when someone brings up repenting for the sins of the nation, like making same-sex marriage the law of the land, supporting abortion or for the individual participants involved in any sinful activities.
There is a tremendous misunderstanding regarding repentance for the sins of others in the body of Christ that needs to be corrected and that is that under no circumstances can anyone *ever* repent for the sins of anyone else, period. The entire concept of repentance, as a necessary element of salvation, is that it is personal and individual. The only one that you can repent for is you. Your salvation is as personal and individual as you are and thus, so is your repentance. Attempting to repent for *anyone* else’s sin is an exercise in spiritual futility, so stop it.
That being said, we can confess the sins of others, including generational sins, and even intercede on their behalf, giving them up to the mercy of God. An excellent example of this is found in Nehemiah 1:5-7, in which he quotes Daniel 9. Notice at no time does Nehemiah, Daniel, or any other prophet, ever attempt to repent for the sins of others - because it can’t be done.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Sons and Bastards (Jim Croft)

Sons & Bastards
Heb 12:7-17 speaks of sons and bastards. The legitimate are born of the Father’s Seed & accept chastening (disciplining). Bastards born of clever oratory want heir benefits, but totally reject the possibility of chastening.
This generation has a bumper crop of the illegitimate who were attracted to the Kingdom by its perks as opposed to the glory of relational sonship with God the Father. Like Esau, they smelt tasty morsels and entered with mental assent to gain right to the banqueting table. Tragically, they have no guarantees that they’ll later find a place to repent (change their minds) though they seek it with tears. Generally, bastards will rebel rather than repent when they discover there are lulls between the 9 courses of the banquet. They consider tributes to the Host a waste of time. For them, toasts to applaud the testimonies of honored guests about their turnarounds from carnality to holiness are boring (and not worthy of an ear). Denial of the possibility of the legitimate and the illegitimate among us is spiritual blindness.
The Chastening in Heb 12:12-17 is depicted by ancient Middle East shepherding terms. Feeble/sin-prone human appendages of hands & knees that need strengthening/correction to avoid severe chattering are symbolic of sheep legs. If sheep continually strayed, shepherd would hold close then twist & sprain leg rendering sore/feeble. If senseless sheep persisted; shepherd would hold sheep closer & would jerk leg permanently dislocating it. Sins were falling short of grace = ingratitude; sexual immorality; spreading bitter speech; and refusal to pursue holiness. If you don’t think that Jesus can & will lovingly hold you close while simultaneously dislocating your leg to make sure that you don’t stray again; you don’t have a biblical concept of the Good Shepherd.

Demonology Basics

Demonology Basics
There are several different theories on the origin of demons and each can be debated. One thing that can be said for certain is that Demons are fallen angelic beings - but NOT Fallen Angels.
Although angels are spirit beings, they can transform into physical bodies and can appear physically as men to humans on earth. There are many references in scripture that support this fact (Gen 19:1; Daniel 10:5; Luke 1:11, etc ) and absolutely zero scriptural evidence supporting that demons have the same capability. Demons can manifest physically, even though physical attacks, leaving scratch marks and other physical evidence while having no physical bodies themselves. There are many scriptural references to demons being cast out of humans which dictate that they were inside human bodies at the time they are cast out. From the vast majority of scripture we can deduce that demons are invisible, bodiless, demonic spirits that seek out bodies to inhabit in order to torment humans or animals (see Matt. 12:43–45; Mark 5:11–13).
In addition to physical body transformation, angels can move between heavens. As mentioned above in the way of earthly visitations and in Daniel 10 we previously discussed principalities of the second heaven, between earth and God’s throne in the third heaven (see 2 Cor 12:1-4). In the second heaven (outer space) they do warfare against the angels of heaven and against man. In contrast, demons are relegated to earth and are here to torment mankind, up close and personal. In every instance of scripture regarding battling demons, they are always on earth and involve mankind. Think of them as demonic parasites to humankind.
My opinion is that demons are a kind of subspecies to angels that were originally created by God (Col 1:16) to serve Him in some capacity just as all angelic beings were. Demons are inferior to angels in that they lack the power, movement, physicality and capabilities of angels, but nonetheless present a great threat to man, both saved and unsaved. Demons are disembodied spirit beings - persons.
Characteristics of Demons
Demons have all the traits of normal human personality:
 Will (see Matt. 12:44; Mark 5:11–13)
 Emotion (see James 2:19)
 Knowledge (see Mark 1:23–24; Acts 19:15)
 Self-awareness (see Mark 5:9)
 Ability to speak (see Mark 1:24; 5:7–12; Acts 19:15) Anything that can speak is a person!
 Intellect and Memory (See Luke 11:24-26 and James 2:19)
Activities of Demons
 Entice (see James 1:14)
Demons entice or tempt people to do or think evil. Enticement usually comes in verbal form with the demon speaking to us through our thoughts. Again, anything that has a voice is a person!
 Torment/Harass (see 2 Tim. 1:7; 1 John 4:18)
Matthew 18:34, the parable of the unforgiving servant, says “And his lord was angry, and delivered him to the tormentors…” In this case, the unforgiving servant was delivered by God to demons for tormenting. Matthew 6:15 says very clearly, “But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.” Today there are millions of self-professing Christians who have unforgiveness in their heart.
If you have any unforgiveness in your heart toward anybody, you are a totally legitimate target for demonization. Torment can take form in the physical, mental or spiritual.
 Deceive (see 1 Tim. 4:1–2)
Satan is the great deceiver and, since he isn’t omnipresent, his minions or demons are his tools. All forms of spiritual deception are demonic and demons will tempt you away from the truth and inject error in its place. False teachers and prophets are demonically deceived.
 Enslave (see Romans 8:15)
Demons enslave their host by driving them to continue in sin
 Drive/compel (see Luke 8:29)

Demons compel and cause compulsive behavior. Almost anything compulsive is liable to be demonic. If you combine compulsion with enslaving, you have addiction. The compulsion to do something coupled with being enslaved to it can be a powerful combination.
 Defile (see Titus 1:15)
Demons defile by making you feel dirty and unclean or unworthy of God’s love.
 Make sick (or apathetic) (see Matthew 9:20)
Besides dis-eases, there is a spirit of apathy that physically robs us of energy to do almost anything if it is centered around God. A Barna Group poll showed that 95% of self-professed Christians never crack a Bible between Sundays – if then.
 Kill (see John 10:10)
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.” When people are raised from the dead the spirit of death must be overcome. Death here isn’t just physical death but can be a state of death - In 2012 a woman was brought out of a 3-year coma when I cast out the spirit of death from her.
 Make restless / Not At Peace (see Daniel 2:1)
Restlessness or fidgetiness can sum up all of the other characteristics of being demonized. Demons try and disrupt peace in every aspect. This fight is sometimes directly focused in the areas of:
 Inner personal harmony
 Peace of mind
 Physical well-being
 Harmonious relationships with other people, especially those closest to us
 Dealing with external circumstances
Demonic Areas of Operation
 Emotions and Attitudes
 The Mind
 The Tongue
 Sex / Lust
 Addiction
 The Occult
 Participation in False Religions
 All Heresies
 Diseases
While most equate demonic infestation strictly to outright sin (although this can be the case) with implied shame attached to the afflicted, the most common demonic infestations involve emotional and psychological scars. These injuries, whether real or perceived, usually took place during the formative years, which can range from prenatal to mid-teens. The displayed attributes can range from anger, fear, hatred, misery, rejection, resentment, rebellion, loneliness, self-pity, doubt, jealousy, depression, anxiety, despair and even murder or suicide. These emotional scars can lead to sexual sin, addiction and turning to false religions (I.e. new age remedies) for a cure or release. If turned inward they can lead to disease. While many are set free at the time of salvation, many are not and it is the body’s responsibility and Christ-given authority (Mark 16:17-18) to treat the afflicted by casting out these injurious spirits rather than shunning or ignoring their victims. The answer as to why this doesn’t happen is plain ignorance and an unscriptural belief that Christians can’t be demonized (see Acts 8:9-25) While a believer can’t be possessed, they can still suffer from deep injuries that manifest in ungodly thoughts and actions.
There are millions of Christian believers tormented by experiences and memories from an early age that the enemy used to plant seeds of unworthiness, shame, guilt and self-destruction. If untreated, these can lead to a lack in fulfillment of experiencing God’s love and abundant life that He has for all believers. Demons have two main objectives assigned to them by Satan…first, to come between us and God and if they fail in this, their second objective is to keep us from leading fruitful lives and ministry. One of the most fulfilling, exciting and love-filled experiences one can have in ministry is seeing the power of Jesus at work through you in setting someone free from demonic torment. As the Lord instructed me during my first deliverance ministry experience, the aforementioned coma patient, “Step up and do it...I'm right here with you"

Prophetic Watchmen

Prophetic Watchmen
One of the things I do when I study is to look at the Hebrew and Greek meanings of words which always leads to a deeper understanding of what God actually meant when He said what He said. When we look in scripture at the word and context of ‘watchman’ and look at the Hebrew, we'll encounter words like Tsaphah (to keep watch; peer into), Shama (to hear; listen intently), Zahar (to warn), Shamar (to restrain or confine), natsar (guard from danger what is most important).
Unlike English, each Hebrew letter, or symbol in its 22 symbol alphabet has its own meaning, so when you string these symbols together to form words you get a much deeper defined meaning of the word. Each symbol also has a corresponding number assigned to it. They are also, at times, composed of more than one ‘letter’. For example, the symbol ‘Heh’ (or hey) ה, is actually comprised of the letters dalet and yud. The vertical and horizontal lines of the dalet represent the physical world, while the vertical yud signifies the spiritual world. Therefore the ‘hey’ represents the physical and spiritual realms or a combination of the two. It also correlates to the number 5, grace, because of its usage in the Hebrew name for God. There’s much to say on each Hebrew symbol but I’m not going to bore you with the details – because I know you will be. I want to get to the nuts and bolts here. Hebrew symbols have changed in appearance a few times throughout history but the meaning of each individual symbol has remained the same from the beginning of time.
The most common symbols in the words I’ve mentioned above are these:
Heh (or hey)- ה - means ‘to reveal or behold’
Ayin – ע – means ‘to see and understand’
Cheth (or het) – ח - means ‘to protect or tend to’
Shin – ש – means “to consume or destroy”
Reysh (or resh) – ר – means “what is most important”
Phe (or peh) – פ – means “”to speak, command or present”
Putting it all together, ‘A watchman is one who restrains evil by warning (speaking) what is revealed in order to protect what is most important to God.’
Watchmen watch and listen, understanding what they see and hear and they speak it! They have a purpose in reporting what is revealed regardless of whether or not the warning is heeded. A watchman isn’t necessarily a prophet but a prophet is also a watchman.

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